Stop Motion: Part 1Research

Project 3 (Part 1):Stop Motion

       The stop motion animation used by Jan Svankmajor in his film Historia Naturae allowed for the rearranging of tortoise shells in 4. Reptillia tarantela and created the motion of a fish skeleton swimming in 3. Pisces blues where the skeleton breaks out from a tank and moves around the table. The stop motion allowed the mounted fish and tapir to be moved around the screen as if they moved on their own even though between each shot they are moved by hand. This technique is also used in Spiel Mit Steinen as the rocks are moved around shot by shot to appear as if they are moving on their own, claymation which doing in live action would be close to impossible with only rocks. The stop motion used in Darkness, Light, Darkness creates a flow as the clay is changed between each frame and the illusion of self motion in the clay. The use of stop animation allowed a mix of live action and stop motion to be used in the same film almost perfectly as seen in the part where one of the hands is carrying a glass of water and the scene cuts to a live action clip of the glass moving. It also appears that Svankmajor may have used animal parts for the tong and brains or created objects of similar looks. In Dimensions of Dialog the same use of claymation in Darkness, Light, Darkness is used in the second and third portion of the film as the bodies combine into a mass that slowly changes between frames then returned to their original forms leaving a small part behind that neither wants and ends with them destroying themselves. The third part uses a mix of claymation and solid objects depicting a conversation between two heads made of clay using shoes, bread, a toothbrush, and a pencil paired up with toothpaste, knife with butter, a sharpener, and a shoelace. At first the conversation is seamless as all the objects pair up correctly, but, as the film progresses the objects are paired wrong till they are destroyed, leaving the overworked clay heads are cracked and deflated due to the work. In Svankmajor work he uses stop motion animation to allow the seamless mix of live action and stop motion while the slow destruction of his characters throughout his work is captured. In live cation the use of slow-motion would be impossible as the clay could not be moved without a hands on approach and the forming of the clay would take longer. The changes made in the clay would be harder to associate with how it looked before the interruption of the artist changing the clay and the self molding clay you get with stop motion would be lost.


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Shelby is a student at Alfred State College in Digital Media and Animation.
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